Sat, Dec

Paraffin Lamp Days


 About the Author

This is a work of fiction.  The short stories in this collection are based on the same era - before electricity lit up our homes.   Expectations were low and people worked hard.    But they still had time for love and romance.   Dance-halls were plentiful, as well as broken hearts. Buy Book Here
Contrary mothers-in-law come into play as did cross priests in confession boxes.   A man has a love/hate relationship with his first radio and a young lad from Ballymun finds a culshie grandmother!   A mature man writing to the Pen-friend column of Ireland’s Own travels a circuitous route to find love and we get to see the inside of the tinker’s caravan.

About the Author

Ann Gardiner was born in Burncourt, in Co. Tipperary.   She spent 2 years in America and returned with her husband, traditional box player, Bobby Gardiner who was born near Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare. They started their new life on the farm at Ann’s old home address. .

Bobby who had previously played with the Kilfenora and Malachy Sweeney’s Ceilidhe Bands had spent 10 years in America including a stint in the American Army. In the early 70’s and 80’s the ballad session circuit was in full swing and Ann and Bobby played for many sessions all over Munster. Some years later Ann  recorded a CD of songs which included a beautiful song called ‘Tipperary’s Hills For Me’   Bobby made a number of traditional C/D’s over the years and still plays at the Bru Boru centre in Cashel  for the summer months.  He has tutored the accordion at University College Cork for over thirty years and also taught in South Tipperary and Waterford.  Most recently he received a Gradam lifetime award for his contribution to Irish music. After their three children were educated and left home Ann wrote 2 books - one about her life growing up on a farm in Co. Tipperary called ‘The House Remembers’, celebrating the major events like Threshing Day, Station Masses, Gambles and Going to the Fairs and the other called ‘Paraffin Lamp Days’ is a collection of short stories dealing with the same era.   Bobby has almost completed a tutor for the button accordion.   They both enjoy music, the Gym, card playing and socializing